The parks and recreation committee was reborn in the village of Canajoharie last year.
It began when JoAnn Douglass spoke up at a Village Board meeting. Soon, the group of nine was forming with JoAnn among them, and her husband Peter at the helm.
JoAnn Douglass had a project in mind when she spoke that first time: Wintergreen Park.
Darkness and pain had emanated from a 433-foot-deep gorge at the center of the 72-acre green space for the last decade. That was when the fourth life was taken by a tragedy at the gully in the first 12 years of the millennium. Since then, maintenance had seemingly slowed to a halt.
Well, the new parks committee has gotten to work on changing that.
Daily Gazette reporter Andrew Waite and photographer Erica Miller met the Douglass’s and fellow committee member Gregory Leary out at a Wintergreen Thursday, along with 15-year-old Boy Scout Brady Toher, who is working on his Eagle Scout project at the park, and his parents, Chris and Andrea. The Gazette got to speak with them all, and see the new cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking trails recently reopened to the public.